What is Scraping or Gua Sha?

Gua Sha (Chinese: 刮痧; pinyin: guāshā) is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that includes abrading the skin with pieces of smooth jade, bone, animal tusks or horns, or smooth stones until red spots, which turn into bruising, completely cover the area to which it is done. It is believed that this is an effective treatment for almost any ailment including cholera.

Scraping is used to release the body of blood stagnation. From the TCM perspective, blood stagnation is considered to be the cause of many diseases. The treatment quickly releases blockages caused by stagnant blood by promoting body fluid circulation, which helps normalise cellular metabolic processes and release toxic waste from deep cellular tissues. It also increases blood and “qi” circulation to help oxidise the cells, as well as nourish them. Regular sessions of the scraping therapy will also help in boosting the immune system.


How is Gua Sha performed?

When doing Gua Sha, the skin is scraped to produce light bruising. The technique involves repeated pressure strokes over lubricated skin (typically using massage oil) with a smooth edged instrument. The red spots and bruising take 3 to 10 days to heal, and there is often some soreness in the area that has been treated.

Who are in need of Gua Sha?

Those who are experiencing pain, aches, tenderness, or tension in the muscles may find the relief that they are looking for when they get a gua sha treatment. It can also be used for conditions such as Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI), nerve pain, migraine, rheumatism, and help prevent illnesses such as common cold, flu, fever, bronchitis, and asthma.

When should you seek for a Gua Sha treatment?

Anyone who is suffering from pain, aches, or tenderness, and is looking for a treatment that has a more holistic approach to the body’s overall wellness is encouraged to try Gua Sha. If you want to avoid the side effects of modern drugs and other chemical based treatments, this therapy is your best alternative to faster healing. The preferred interval between two Gua Sha sessions is about 5-7 days.

Where to go for a Gua Sha treatment?

We are committed in working hand in hand with you when it comes to achieving your desired outcome and level of wellness. For an authentic and professional Gua Sha, contact us at +65 6779 4266 / enquiries@aegletcm.com to make an appointment.